Sunday, March 31, 2019
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Friday, March 29, 2019
|Town Meeting—note blue jeans are required (g)|
|My spring flower bulbs from Breck’s arrive.|
Yup, not quite time to go in the ground.
Finally, I take a hard look at my writing production. After a winter of tapping away on my laptop, it’s time to assess my newest creation. I hope my book will entertain many readers with hours of happiness that warm your heart.
Until we meet again, happy reading, my friends.
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Thursday, March 28, 2019
Would women today really want more than one man in their life at the same time? Likely not, but they sure seem to enjoy reading about it and writing about it. And if each hot male serves a different purpose, meets a different need…. Being adored and worshiped by more than one man actually sounds quite fun.
Reverse Harem is currently rocking the charts as a hot new sub-genre within the romance world. The notion being if one man is good, more than one must be better.
It’s an interesting concept, so when a fellow romance author threw down the gauntlet and challenged me to try my hand, I ran with it. I chose a different pen name because the genre has a distinct following and some of my readers may not enjoy embrace the idea. Many of the books written include a relationship between two or more men in the harem, which is not what I want to write. I make it all about my heroine. She is the star. The guys are the supporting actors.
The project proved to be more difficult than I originally thought. A lot of these books are set in the paranormal world, which makes it easier to suspend disbelief. But I’m an in-the-moment kind of gal, so I decided to write a contemporary setting for my five hotties, whom I call the G Force Five, and the woman who desperately needs their protection, whether she knows it or not.
If I've succeeded in sparking your curiosity, Redeeming Jenna is free today on Amazon. Check it out.
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Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Now they're what? $39? 50 dollars? Since I flew so much and always had 3 or four books packed into my luggage, adding to the cost per pound of air travel, I figured the investment was worth the convenience. And it was. I lovelovelove my Kindle, still, to this day. Ereaders are still, apparently, popular even though real honest-to-God-books are making a comeback.
I was recently exposed to the world of audiobooks and I have to tell you, I think the future in books is in this rapidly growing industry.
Have you heard of AUDIBLE?
I never had until one of my publishers, The Wild Rose Press notified its authors they were offering us the option to have our books uploaded to audio. At first I resisted. After all, I wrote books. Book were made to be, well, read. Not listened to. And besides, I arrogantly asserted that no narrator but myself could do my words justice. I wrote them. I was the one who knew how they should sound, not some anonymous narrator who wouldn't do the work any justice.
Arrogant, thy name is Peggy.
Then, one day, I met a woman who changed my opinion forever. A patient of my husband's, the woman was sixty-eight, housebound for the most part, and blind since birth. She knew I was a writer and asked if any of my books were available on audio tape. She was a great "reader" of books in Braille, but she'd been afflicted in the past few years with debilitating arthritis and could no longer use her fingers to read. Her daughter had gotten her a subscription to Audible and now she could enjoy her favorite author's again by listening to their newest books.
It's not often I am struck speechless. I think I can count of the fingers of one hand and still have 4 left over the times I have been. So, I did what I usually do when I'm exposed to something I'm unfamiliar with: I researched.
According to a report issued by the Audio Book Publishers Association, audio sales jumped 22.7 % in 2017 to just under $2.5 billion in sales. Another published in AP, states that book publishers are embracing the format more and more. Then I spoke to several of my author friends. Unanimously they agreed that offering your books in audio was a great way to get your books in front of people who couldn't read in a conventional way.
I have now begun offering my titles on audio. Next month I'll explain the process, but for now, I'm thrilled to announce the following titles are currently available on Audible.
Next month for me: what goes into getting your book available in Audio. Until then, don't forget the March Romance Gems giveaways:
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019
"I write contemporary romance (unless it's a time travel) so I prefer to read historical romance to relax away from contemporary world issues. I do enjoy Regency and my favorite authors there are Gail Whitiker (so very proper) and our own Cheryl Bolen. Another favorite is Elizabeth Hoyt. ~ Bonnie Edwards
"Because I write historical romance, much of my personal reading consists of non-fiction research books that put me in eighteenth century England. I also enjoy biographies, particularly of dead English women and Englishmen. When I’m craving fiction, I gravitate to English mysteries set between the twentieth-century wars. If they feature a bit of humor and throw in a romance, I’m in heaven. Favorite authors are Jane Austen and Josephine Tey." ~ Cheryl Bolen
"Since the stories I write are character driven with strong dialogue, I am drawn to cozy mysteries—heavy in narrative, internal thoughts, along with a body or two landing in the middle of a scene, for my personal reading pleasure." ~ Connie Vines
"I love to read dark twisted romance that includes mafia romances and I enjoy office/billionaire romances. I love to read stories by Skye Warren, Bella J, Willow Winters, Whitney G. and Ali Parker. I spend a lot of evenings reading, and have already blown up two kindles and my iPhone. (LOL) There are two authors who are non-romance that I enjoy reading as well, Jonathan Kellerman and Patricia Cornwall." ~ Constance Bretes
"I'll take Romance—Romantic Comedy, Romantic Suspense, actually, Romance of just about any persuasion—along with mystery/suspense/thrillers." ~ Joan Reeves
"When I read, I want to immerse myself in the flow of the words, how they conjure up an intriguing setting, show enhanced senses and the turbulent emotions of the characters. I enjoy Barbara O’Neal (loved The Art of Inheriting Secrets), Sarah Addison Allen’s magic realism, Jayne Ann Krentz’s Arcane books and, for a bit of fun, anything by Susan Elizabeth Phillips." ~ Judith Hudson
"Because I write 4 books a year, paranormal romance or romantic suspense, I love to read outside my genres. I adore a good Fantasy book and lately, I've been reading a lot of Young Adult Fiction. Maybe some day I'll try my hand at writing one!" ~ Karen Whiddon
"I have to admit that my favorite genre to read is also romance. There's nothing quite like seeing two people, who for some reason shouldn't be together, manage to fall in love, fight for that love, fix their differences, and end up living happily ever after." ~ Kari Lemor
"History! As in non-fiction, with science a close second. Because of the circles I travel in—mostly paranormal enthusiasts, writers, and history buffs—I’m always heading down a rabbit hole. Victorian lifestyle, folklore, and space exploration are a few favorites. Lately, I’ve been immersed in WWI trench warfare as research for an upcoming book. That’s the only spoiler I'll give. Of course, it’s romance. Happily-ever-after is my jam!" ~ Kathryn Hills
"I read cozy mysteries and I adore JD Robb In Death Series. In addition I have a huge TBR pile as I am a lover of bookstores and am always picking up several unknowns. I like to think that other book readers will give my novels a chance too." ~ Lucinda Race
"When I'm not writing about people in love or jeopardy, I love to read biographies. Recently I read Marion Ross's story, My Happy Days, about her life and becoming a celebrity in her fifties. I also read Trailblazer about the first black woman journalist for the Washington Post. When she went to get a story, the doorman always told her to use the back door for the maids. Just a sample of how she was treated." ~ Nora LeDuc
"Since my favorite tv shows are usually crime dramas ala Law and Order and Criminal minds, I usually find myself reading police procedurals, romantic suspense and murder mysteries for pleasure." ~ Peggy Jaeger
"I like to read a variety of romance sub-genres, such as contemporary, romantic suspense, and paranormal romance. I also enjoy reading science fiction, post-apocalyptic, and YA. Some of my favorite automatic "one-click" authors are Kit Rocha, Lexi Blake, Susan Kaye Quinn, Ilona Andrews, Sarah Lyons Fleming, Elizabeth Hunter, and Nora Roberts." ~ Satin Russell
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Monday, March 25, 2019
|A Booksigning from My First Book, 1998|
|One of my last booksignings, at RWA national, San Antonio, publisher booksigning.|
Sunday, March 24, 2019
Happy Spring Equinox!
It might be my Scandinavian blood, but I always feel the subtle seasonal change that come with the equinoxes and solstices. Winter solstice is a time of quiet rejoicing when the sun begins it’s return north. As the days inch longer, I can almost feel the plants stirring beneath the ground.
In each of the four full-length books of my Fortune Bay series, the women hold a fun ladies-night to celebrate the change of the seasons. As they share confidences over a bottle of wine, Frankie sharpens her tarot card reading skills, often surprising the women when her readings hit so close to home.
Maddie sat back and listened as Frankie and Louise bantered back and forth. She barely recognized herself, a woman with silver hoops in her ears and a cluster of bracelets on her wrist that tinkled like wind chimes when she moved. A woman taking charge of her life—because that was what they had decided the evening would honor, in the spirit of wise women’s solstice gatherings stretching back for thousands of years. Nothing too weird, they’d all agreed, just something to encourage their own awareness of their personal power. They would each ask for, or choose, a direction to follow for the next fertile quarter of the year.
And for Maddie it had to be fertile indeed. The next equinox fell before the opening of her show, the harvest, so to speak, of her summer’s bounty.
Frankie was playing high priestess tonight. Over her loose linen pants, she wore a robe of sapphire silk with a border of white Celtic symbols down the long front lapels. In honor of the evening, she had abandoned her customary single braid and wore her hair loose on her shoulders, adorned with a garland of lavender. She spoke in a quiet voice as she shuffled the Tarot deck. “Traditionally, the summer solstice was a time of renewal. A time to release all sadness, pain and fear. A time to prepare to reap the abundance. A time to find a husband.” “Bring it on,” Louise intoned.
Frankie closed her eyes, a smile on her lips, and continued to shuffle the deck. Maddie concentrated on Frankie’s hands, letting the soothing motion settle her nerves.
Placing the brightly patterned deck on the table in front of Maddie, Frankie said, “Think of a question, then cut the cards. Be careful though. The tarot knows the question in your heart.”
Maddie smiled and a shiver ran through her as she tried to look deep inside for the answer. There was really only one question on her mind. “Will my show be a success?”
Frankie took the deck from Maddie’s hands. “This is a basic, five card spread. Simple, but very powerful.
She squinted at Maddie. “Are you sure your question is about your work? The Knight of Wands can be an idea or an approach to life, but most often it’s about a man.”
“Like Jake,” Louise said.
Summer of Fortune is currently free at all online book sellers. You can find your copy HERE.
How do you celebrate the arrival of spring? For me it’s being able to get back out in the garden, and this year I’m starting from scratch in my new house. I'm sure I’ll be talking about that a lot on my facebook page. Please join me there – I’ll need all the help I can get!
Now get out and enjoy the sun!
Judy HudsonP.S. You can find longer excerpts from all of the Fortune Bay books on my website.
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Welcome to the fascinating world of modern-day time travel!
According to definitions.net, living history, also known as re-enactment, is the act of incorporating historic tools, activities, and dress into an interactive experience that gives observers and participants a sense of stepping back in time. In this case, the battle waging is part of Redcoats and Rebels, the largest military re-enactment in New England with nearly 1,000 soldiers portraying British, Irish, Spanish, Scottish, French, and Colonial troops. The event takes place each summer at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.
|Redcoats & Rebels - Photo by Chris Pratt|
Jennifer and the other historic re-enactors I’ve since come to know are deeply passionate. This is dedicated, hard work. Years of study and preparation, countless hours of practice, hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to become someone they admire or wish to embody from the past.
|Jennifer with fellow re-enactor Robert Lecce - Photo by Chris Pratt|
A “Seeing the fire, smelling the food, learning about the labor required to live in the past—perhaps even to survive a Revolutionary War battle—it’s an enchantment to the senses. Reading about history is great. It’s required for this endeavor. But seeing it, feeling it, experiencing the sights, sounds, and smells first-hand… There is no equal. What re-enactment does is add another layer to learning, a flesh and blood element. Clothing, tools, and language all make for a rich sensory experience. It’s visual, tactile, and exciting for all ages.
“Not every re-enactor is in First-Person,” she explains further. “Some are in Third-Person - dressed accurately but being themselves. Some are in Second-Person - dressed accurately and playing a character while knowing you are from another time.”
Q “So, you’ve told me why you do this for others – to teach. Why do you do it for you?”
A Long pause. “For a few fleeting moments I’m a time-traveler. There is no better thing for a historical writer and performer. It’s another era, a world gone forever. Yes, there is the risk of romanticizing the past, but most re-enactors strive for realism. The past is more than most imagine. There’s much to learn there.”
|Naomi with the surgeon, fellow re-enactor Dan Newman|
Photo by Chris Pratt
A “Rich ladies with fine dresses and pretty hair were fun to play, but after a decade that got boring for me. I wanted to portray a “work-a-day” woman. To me, that’s where the real stories are. Naomi is a survivor; a London girl and fiercely loyal to King George III. Yet the love of her life was lost in this war. She churns butter, cooks over an open flame, washes clothing in a tub, and assists the surgeon in caring for the men, even during amputations. Her story is important to understand.”
Q “So, Naomi is based on a real person?”
A “She’s a composite character, meaning I’ve incorporated stories from many factual individuals into one. That way more of their stories can be told. I use primary sources, actual letters and journals from the time period, plus secondary sources, and modern history books.
“Naomi is also evolving. The surgeon taught her to read, and she’s learning 18th century herbal medicine. I’ll keep you posted on where she’s headed next.”
Hellfire and Handbaskets - if you’d like to meet Miss Adams. My books are stand-alone. No need to read in order.
Follow my author’s Facebook page for more to come about these “modern day time travelers” and the historic locations we frequent. To learn more about me and my books, visit my web site.
Sources & Links
Jennifer Emerson • Petticoat Pages
Old Sturbridge Village • Redcoats & Rebels
YouTube Video of Redcoats & Rebels
Photographer Chris Pratt on flickr • Videographer Chris Pratt on vimeo
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Friday, March 22, 2019
When I can get my hands on a nice piece of corned beef (not easy in Eastern Canada), I love to make corned beef and cabbage on the holiday. It's my way of sharing some of my family heritage with my grandchildren. This year, though, I decided to try another meal I remembered from my childhood ... my Grandma Kelley's Irish Coddle.
Irish Coddle is a one-pot stew of sorts that's good all year round, not just on St. Patrick's Day. If you're a fan of bacon (who isn't?) and sausage, this is an easy recipe for a lazy weekend supper.
- 10 slices bacon, chopped into 1-inch pieces
- 1 lb. bangers or other high quality pork sausages
- 2 lbs. potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch thick rounds
- 2 onions, sliced into 1/2-inch thick rings
- Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 3 tablespoons chopped parsley, divided
- 2 cups beef broth
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
- Heat a dutch oven over medium heat. Add the chopped bacon and cook, stirring frequently, until crisp, then remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel.
- Next, brown the bangers in the reserved bacon fat for a few minutes, just until they start to brown but not so they are cooked all the way through. Remove the sausages from the pot and set aside. Discard any leftover bacon fat in the bottom but keep the crispy bits.
- Layer half of the sliced potatoes, then layer half of the sliced onions over the potatoes. Season with salt and pepper, then sprinkle half of the bacon and one tablespoon of parsley on top. Repeat with the remaining potatoes and onions, seasoning with salt and pepper again and sprinkling with the remaining bacon and another tablespoon parsley. Place the browned sausages/bangers on top and pour the beef broth over everything. (Hint: I prefer to cut my sausage into chunks rather than leave them whole as in the picture but either way works.)
- Cover the pot with a lid and place it in the oven. Bake for 3 hours, checking halfway through cooking to make sure the liquid hasn't all dried up and adding an extra cup of broth if necessary to keep about 1 inch of liquid covering the bottom of the pot at all times.
- Remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining tablespoon of chopped parsley before serving. Dublin Coddle is very forgiving and can stand cooking an extra hour or two if you need it, and the leftovers are amazing the next day even.
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Thursday, March 21, 2019
Suddenly, we were kids again. We saw and did things we would never have thought about doing. We went to National Forests, we were mesmerized by Elk and Geese, even Pink Flamingos. By really tall mountains and waterfalls.
Then there were the people we met along the way. Friends who still correspond with us.
Different foods we got to try, and it was a good thing we hiked a lot.
We had solar panels installed, an inverter, and three marine size batteries. Boondocking was great. We could park in the middle of nowhere and still have electricity.
But that chapter is closing. At least with the RV. We were in
I'm almost certain we'll have more adventures in our future. We'll never regret the last few years. I'm pretty sure some of those adventures will end up in my books. I know I've learned that I'm stronger for it. I can now drive a big truck through the middle of some crazy busy traffic, I'm not afraid of trying new things, and I'm looking forward to what we can do next.
Have you been on an adventure? I'd love to hear about it. Or maybe you're planning one? Enquiring minds want to know.
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